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AWS has added a new and very small member to its Snow family of temporarily-on-premises devices. Snow devices are rented for a set number of days, because the expectation is they’ll be used to gather data or run some jobs somewhere you don’t always need an appliance. AWS offers a datacentre-on-a-truck Snowmobile for jobs like …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    So this means

    . . that an 8TB disk still has more bandwidth than an average Internet connection.

    I'm guessing that a 1GBps fiber line would work better, but that is far from being the general case in the USA, so fill up a snowcone and ship the box back so AWS can transfer it to your instance is what this is about.

    Not a bad idea.

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Re: So this means

      Presumably a drone just appears in the forest and takes it back to base :)

  2. richardcox13

    From a certain well none Ex-Amazon Employee

    Time Bray about thisL

    I’ve held one of these in my hands. One use-case is a video shooter taking it out in hostile conditions. Dunno if it’ll be popular, but it’s a super-cool piece of gear.

    So at least one part of this is for those cases where, some a time, there is no expectation on connectivity.

  3. Detective Emil

    Xeon? Probably not.

    There's no way that well-sealed box could comfortably dissipate the full 100W that USB3 could deliver to it, so I suspect the CPU is more pedestrian. The Atom® x5-E3930 would fill the bill rather nicely: two cores, 8GB RAM max, (just) enough PCIe for those two Ethernet ports, a couple of SATA interfaces for two 4TB SSDs. And capable of a bit of undemanding virtualization. Dead cheap, and with an industrial operating temperature range, too.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Xeon? Probably not.

      That Atom has 6 X PCIe 2.0 lanes available - 3GB/s to spread between all that IO would struggle with storage/network I/O. Realistically, PCI 3.0 is required to support 10Gbps NICs plus SSD support without bottlenecks.

      While I think you are right about heat dissipation, low core count Xeons like the D-1602 allow you 32x PCIe 3.0 and low power usage if you keep them throttled back.

  4. Glennda37

    Who needs a snowcone when you can get a snowmobile

    Just hookup one of these.... for a few exabytes of data

  5. Steve K


    If this is dual CPU then this would have to be dual-capable CPUs and so Xeons rather than i7s.

    D1602 is single-socket only also, so unless there are 2 independent blades/motherboards in here instead it must be something else.

    Of course Intel could have baked them a special unit that is 2S.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: CPU

      It's dual *vCPU* -- there's probably one processor inside it, multiple cores, two of which are available for customer use.

      I've made it a bit clearer where we mean physical and virtual processor cores.


      1. Beeblebrox

        Re: CPU

        "probably" one processor ...


  6. Turkey_Bender

    I don't care what CPU it long as it doesn't SnowCrash.

    I'll see myself out.

  7. Disk0

    Sneakernet 2.0

    Nuff said.

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